One of my favorite aspects of this time of year is the smells that fill the air.  Walking into the house while stew is cooking in the crock pot or a scented candle is burning gives me such a warm and cozy feeling! 

I have discovered a simple, inexpensive way to ‘decorate’ the air with holiday warmth.  Take an old boiler and fill it with water.  Throw in some citrus rinds, cinnamon and clove and simmer on the lowest heat for an hour or so.  Before you know it, your house will be embraced with the yummy scents of the season. 

Another fun way to add flavor to the air, is to scatter cinnamon-scented pinecones throughout your house.  I arranged a couple on the fireplace mantle; tucked a few in the foyer and filled an old wooden bowl with some and set it next to the couch.   Your family and friends will enjoy the fresh fragrance all season long.

This is a delightful way to create a welcoming place of comfort. 

“Give her the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.”
Proverbs 31:31
 

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